Producer – Writer – Educator
After five years writing, I’ve decided to toss this story to the wind, as a community impact project and invite the public to write the story, the new story for all future generations to understand the undermining of our democracy and global health by billionaires, greed, control and domination.
I have been privileged in life to experience the richness of writers’ workshops with two of my favorite writers/teachers Tom Centolella and Tamim Ansary, learning the power of that which is incomplete as a means to be empowered to make complete.
In that spirit, I invite you to read this raw and rough story to offer your ideas, your corrections and your spirit to drive a healing narrative and ensure those who have exploited the people, our land and our water are forever remembered as a means to warn all future generations about our time today. And to demonstrate our power today, as the artists, that all eyes are watching them now and by all future generations.
Available on Amazon. Feel free to email me or contact me with your corrections, additions, ideas and anything else you would like to add.
Oxygen, the new gold, is the powerful commodity the tech corporate elite use to control and dominate the people, post a global economic and government collapse. Two societies have emerged, one of extreme patriarchy, ruled by surveillance and city lockdown methods, and a matriarch society hidden underground in the restricted Wildlands, who are loyal to the spirit and natural world. The leaders of each society were once married and united by love. Is it power or hate that caused the divide? Their daughter, Patricia, must find a way to reconcile their differences to bring both societies together for balance before ultimate death, including her own.
This story serves as an experimental community impact project, a story that can expand into a larger collective narrative as a warning to modern day global powers. Despite the fact “we, the people” may feel powerless today, this project aims to deliver a message to those who abuse power that “we, the people” do have power to tell their stories for all future generations. The author invites you to contribute your ideas and comments to this story to build a large, impactful narrative to ensure today’s global elite understand the power of “we, the people.”
About the Author: Barbara McVeigh is a community impact artist and writer. She’s the mother of two children and lives in Northern California. Her father stood up to the President of The United States in the historic national union strike of 1981 for political honesty when she was thirteen years old. It provided her the ultimate education – “question everything and never give up your dreams.” Her memoir is called Redemption, How Ronald Reagan Nearly Ruined My Life. Her documentary films explore ocean conservation, art and music. www.barbaramcveigh.com
I was honored and humbled to join this amazing team of artists from India who collaborated to make a film during lockdown about the beauty and power of nature. This project will be discussed on Marin TV, as part of a five part series on the arts and filmmaking in India with highly celebrated and notable literary and film figures of India and beyond, such as Keyuri Shaw, Dr. Avnish Rajvanshi and more. This film project has been accepted to the Lift-Off Film Festival and has been discussed on the New Delhi Community Radio Federation this past weekend, which I was honored to join.
Here is the film!
We have an opportunity to step into a new age, a shift of consciousness and chance to heal, ourselves and our planet. And it has nothing to do with politicians OR billionaires.
“We, the people” proved to ourselves these last months that “we, the people” can make the needed sacrifices, as President Jimmy Carter had called for in the late 1970s – sacrifices to curb our materialistic desires, commercialism and money agendas in order to make a difference. Carter had spoken in the 1970s about an energy shift, a move from big oil use to sustainable wind and solar. But, we can take it to a higher level now – we can heal ourselves and Planet Earth after forty years and understand his words more vibrantly today than ever before – “it’s the moral equivalent of war” but based on construction rather than destruction.
It’s the calling now. We’ve come this far. Let’s push it far, like brothers and sisters, together.
And one day, our kids will look back at our generation and say “wow, look what they did!”
Just launched! – Youtube Channel with regular updates about President Jimmy Carter’s legacy related to human rights, peace, health, energy policies and history. . . we have not forgotten!
Let’s remember the kind of values we honor and put a smile on our faces, just like Carter here, and plan some national parties to honor a living president.
This will be our fourth year in Marin County with city and county wide Proclamations, California Resolutions, musicians, restaurants, bars and speakers, including ABC Host Spencer Christian, environmental activist April Peebler!
What’s more? We’ve called out some of our favorite citizens with birthdays in October, too, those who remind us of our power, as the people! Happy birthday to Peter Coyote, Angela Alioto, Kathleen Russell, Jose Neto and and. . . John Lennon, too!
Join us for my talk following the Alwar International Film Festival in India where a peace movement has been seeded.
AND we did it! Our film The Man Behind The White Guitar received an award – Best Bio Pic!
A huge congratulations to the international team for creating this wonderful project to help share the values of kindness, generosity and humility with the power of the White Guitar! THANK YOU!
I’m in Delhi right now and in a few hours I board the train for Alwar south to meet up with international film makers, writers and industry leaders. Yes, we were selected to screen our film The Man Behind The White Guitar at the Alwar International Film Festival this weekend!
Why is this location important? This film which has been a collaboration by artists around the world, including Brazil, UK, NY and California, shares the life and music of a Brazilian Guitarist named José Neto who walks the talk with kindness, generosity and humility. Despite the fact he shares global stages with world leading musicians, as he is one himself, most people do not know his name. He has never promoted himself, as many have done these last 40 years. Let’s call it old school method or how Paul Liberatore Music Journalist says about him – “he’s in service to music, not fame or money.” These are good values in our world today and it’s an opportunity to shine the light on what can inspire us.
What’s also significant about this location in India is that Neto jammed with George Harrison in London and we all know the significance Indian music had on The Beatles. The White Album was written in India, not too far from Delhi, as The Beatles were on a spiritual quest themselves.
Yesterday I had the time to visit the Gandhi Smriti to give my respect to India’s legendary leader and I was so moved. His words reminded me of a spirit we can all get in tune with as the year 2020 brings in vast changes, and we must start dreaming big in order to make the positive changes needed for everyone in this dark hour of Australia burning, global war brewing, authoritarian regimes breeding and ocean acidifying. We, the people, must take a collective stand because we have forgotten our power and our responsibility, despite the fact we have had those before us who have lead the way in writings, music and their legendary lives.
Isn’t it our time now?
I have always felt as an outsider in my own country. That division began when I was 13 years old watching politics and life fall apart for my family. Most people don’t understand when I tell the story of my father’s 1981 national strike because they didn’t live it and it’s not in history books – in fact, the strike has nearly been erased from history. And, it was, with reflection, the last act of solidarity in this country, by a group of families who risked everything in order to demand political honesty when President Ronald Reagan had lied to them and gave them false promises in order to be elected. The trauma that strike left on my family and others, as many lost everything, committed suicide, were jailed or fine, taught me something . . . it was a gift, because it’s allowed me to see the truth of these last forty years and to scream them, post President Jimmy Carter who actually tried to stop climate change and the impact of foreign oil. Now, we do not have a second chance with the environmental policies, energy policies and more . . . that the GOP has delivered, along with the submitting Democrats who cashed out. We MUST clean up these last 40 years. Trump is merely the mirror demonstrating who and what this country became. And now we can shatter that mirror into shards and recreate the reflection we want – and that, I will say, includes kindness, generosity and humility.
We can do it. We can do it all over the world. “We, the people.”
FLASHPOINTS, Friday, Dec 13, 5pm
KPFA, Berkeley CA/Pacifica News Radio
I was very excited to join Dennis J Bernstein’s KPFA/Pacifica news program Flashpoints at KPFA Berkeley, CA, December 13, 2019.
It’s time to recognize those 12,000 families of the 1981 historic national union strike who stood up for the people of this country demanding political honesty – they are our inspiration today of what it means to be a citizen in a democracy, as written in the constitution “we, the people”.
And, it’s time to come clean, America. What happened in the 1980s under Reagan – wars, economics, labor and media policies that have devastated our country today? After all, wasn’t it the Iran hostage siege that determined the 1980 elections? That would essentially mean Iran controlled our elections. Was it truly a manufactured Hollywood style propaganda presidency that hoodwinked the American people? Why are we NOT talking about the war crimes of the Reagan Administration today? Reagan is known as the “Hero” of the Republican Party and has been worshiped by both the GOP and Neoliberal Democrats. It’s time to look at history with 20/20 vision and set the record straight.
We will not forget President Jimmy Carter and A Road Not Taken – Carter’s visionary solar and wind energy initiatives at time when we KNEW about carbon consequences. It’s a miracle he wasn’t shot when asking the American people to take a stand against OPEC. Carter is the shining light in our election year . . .let’s “Jimmy” these elections, and remember what integrity is all about. http://www.jimmycarterjamboree.com
Listen for what is a very dynamic, sobering conversation! Time to come clean, America!
December 4, 6:30pm (film begins at 7pm)
Museum of International Propaganda, San Rafael, CA
FREE. Please RSVP to reserve your spot.
A Swiss made film, A Road Not Taken, offers a powerful look at history revisiting President Carter’s historic solar initiatives and conservation efforts in the late 1970s when America knew about big oil consequences. Barbara McVeigh, author Redemption, How Ronald Reagan nearly Ruined My Life and DSA Member introduces this documentary with exclusive interviews with President Jimmy Carter.
The film showcased locally three years ago with College of Marin in honor of Carter’s 93rd birthday and the inaugural California celebrations of the Jimmy Carter Jamboree, celebrating a living legend and whistleblowing the greatest forty year propaganda act ever delivered to US Citizens. http://www.jimmycarterjamboree.org
Carter’s historic green energy efforts have nearly been wiped out in US history books, by the corporate media and even by modern day environmentalists who refuse to acknowledge a president who urged the people to stand up to OPEC and big foreign oil and to adopt aggressive energy conservation habits. His solar panels on the White House were symbolic of his efforts and California (under Governor Brown, at the time) was leading the world toward solar and wind clean energy.
We do know that Reagan, the “Hero” of the Republican Party took down the solar panels. And by the looks of it, we’ve endured 40 years of the greatest political propaganda act driven by politicians, corporate media, educational institutions, including text book history writers, to conceal the most important environmental and political history of our time – when we had a president who tried to stop greenhouse gasses, big oil and our current global ecological disaster. It’s time for America to come clean.
Carter is more than a peanut farmer. He is the leading visionary of our time and The Father of the Solar Age.
Barbara McVeigh will introduce the film. Barbara is host of People’s Environmental News on Marin TV. She also wrote a memoir “Redemption, How Ronald Reagan Nearly Ruined My Life” about being the daughter of a union member in the 1981 national strike of air traffic controllers as they stood up to Reagan, risking everything, for political honesty. She was 13 years old waiting for the FBI to come arrest her father. She wants Reagan to be held accountable for the ecological disaster we are facing today, and ensure Carter is recognized properly as the Father of the Solar Age, as he tried to mitigate climate change 40 years ago. . . “Reagan has nearly ruined ALL of our lives with his big business and big oil policies post the visionary President Jimmy Carter!” Barbara says. “Our history books are backwards!”
The filmmakers of A Road Not Taken, Roman Keller and Christina Hemauer, presented the film in Marin County, along with Michael Stocker of Ocean Conservation Research in the year 2017 in honor of Carter’s 93rd birthday. You can see the talk here. This film has been unable to find distribution for over 12 years. It’s been given to the Redford Center and the events of the last three years have been shared with nearly every top level journalist, comedian, environmentalist . . . and NOBODY wants to talk about it.
IT’S TIME TO TALK.
After five long years . . . a group of international artists made it happen! We are ready to share a story of inspiration, one to showcase the values of kindness, generosity and humility with the power of diversity and world music to unite us all!
This film is my take back – a childhood dream I had to play the guitar after I lost my lessons when my family went broke. My father took a stand for political honesty in the 1981 union strike of air traffic controllers. He broke his federal contract, risked arrest and heavy fines. We endured years of emotion and financial turmoil.
My hope with our film is for us all to gain the power to rise and take a stand for the values we want in this country . . . and we could do it. Neto says, “believe in yourself to live the dream.” Believe in yourself.
The theater will definitely sell out – so, get your tickets fast!